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The Last Cuentista

By Donna Barba Higuera
Levine Querido
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Había una vez . . .   There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storytelle...
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Había una vez . . .  

There lived a girl named Petra Peña, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. 

But Petra’s world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children — among them Petra and her family — have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. 

Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet — and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity’s past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard — or purged them altogether. 

Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again? Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Donna Barba Higuera presents us with a brilliant journey through the stars, to the very heart of what makes us human.

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years
Publication Date: 10/12/2021
ISBN: 9781646140893
Donna Barba Higuera grew up in Central California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Now she weaves them to write picture books and novels. Donna's first book, Lupe Wong Won't Dance, won a PNBA Book Award and a Pura Belpré Honor.

The Last Cuentista is her second novel.